Reproducing Java Fern

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BillynJennifer

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My Java Fern has a baby on two different of its blades. Is that a sign of a healthy plant in a healthy tank, or is it a last ditch effort to reproduce before it dies?
 

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your java fern is fine. Wait for the plantlets to get about 3 inches and then pull them off the mother plant.
 

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That's normal behavior. When the baby leaves get to be enough, I separate the big leaf that they start from and lightly anchor it with a pebble to get another plant.
 

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You can pull them off the leaf when the roots of the baby fern are about 1". You don't need to cut off the leaf if it's healthy.
 
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DarkOne said:
You can pull them off the leaf when the roots of the baby fern are about 1". You don't need to cut off the leaf if it's healthy.
The leaf that they are attached to are very healthy looking leaves. I'm just going to clip the baby once it gets bigger.
 

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Sometimes older leaves do send out babies before dying, but often its a good couple of weeks before the leaf shows any symptoms of deterioration.
 

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It’s both....
Basically a plant adapting to a new environment.... think of it more as a “first ditch” effort from change, doesn’t mean you will lose any of the older leaves.
 
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The plant itself looks to be in good condition, so I'm guessing the reproduction is due to the change from one tank to another.
 

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I was wondering this myself- good to hear the parent plant is ok
 
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SarahOfTheSevenSeas said:
I was wondering this myself- good to hear the parent plant is ok
It seems like these little plantlets are growing much faster than the parent plant.
 
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